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Campaign Against Operation Green Hunt Launched in Tamil Nadu

Posted by Ka Frank on December 30, 2009

This article was published in Spring Thunder, December 28, 2009

War Against Naxals: The War Against Adivasis, Fishermen and Peasants!

Resist the Naxal Witch Hunt!
Organise Under the Naxal Leadership to Fight Recolonization!

Campaign Across Tamilnadu

Public Meeting, Chennai, January 30, 2010

Dear working people,

The Indian State has declared a civil war called ‘Operation Green Hunt’ to crush the Maoists and the Naxalbari movement. P. Chidambaram, the Indian home minister, has declared that the primary objective of the offensive is to decimate Maoist Guerillas, who are functioning in Chattisgarh, Jharkand, Orissa and in the vast jungles of Dandakaranya, along the borders of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh.

Army headquarters and air bases are being constructed inside the dense jungles. Army men are being trained in anti-guerilla warfare. Over 1 lakh army personnel, such as CRPF, Cobra, C-60, Grey Hounds, Indo-Tibet Border Force, Anti-Naxal Striking force, etc., are being stationed in these areas. American satellites and Indian choppers are used to spy these jungles. Indian army officials are guiding the war, and the central government has allocated Rs.7,300 crores to the fund this war against its own people, the real, ancient inhabitants of the country. Read the rest of this entry »

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Maoists Regroup in Andhra Pradesh, Press for Telangana State

Posted by Ka Frank on December 30, 2009

This article was published in the Hindustan Times, December 27, 2009

Maoists eye Telangana comeback

The political turmoil in Andhra Pradesh over Telangana has rekindled Maoists’ hopes for a comeback in a state that was once their stronghold.  As a first step, Communist Party of India (Maoist) leaders are planning to initiate “peoples’ committees” to participate in democratic movements demanding a separate Telangana state.

Telangana is the traditional Naxalite heartland of Andhra Pradesh. But a savage counter-attack by the Greyhounds, a specialised anti-Naxal security force, in 2005 has weakened their dominance in this region.

“People want Telangana and we support it fully. Our cadres will participate in joint democratic movements along with other political parties,” said Koteshwar Rao alias Kishenji, a CPI(Maoist) politburo member, last seen publicly at a rally in the Telangana region in 1978. He claimed to have spoken to some pro-Telangana politicians over telephone over the last couple of days but declined to reveal their identities. Read the rest of this entry »

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Maoists Declare Tamsaling Federal Autonomous State

Posted by n3wday on December 30, 2009

Red Star, December 17, 2009.

Tamsaling Autonomous Federal State Declared

In course of declaring the autonomous federal states, UCPN-Maoist has declared its Tamsaling Autonomous Federal State on the 16th December 2009 at Ranipauwa of Kakani Village Development Committee (VDC) in Nuwakot district.

The Chief Guest and the Vice-President of UCPN-Maoist Dr. Baburam Bhattarai formally and authentically declared the Tamang Autonomous Federal State and said that the act of the proclamation is a historic one. The declaration of the federal states has been a reality in the context of Nepal and nobody willingly can deny or reject it.

He said that the declaration is constitutional and legal. The interim constitution clearly reads that the republic of Nepal will be federal. Therefore, the declaration helps rather than to create obstacle as the puppet government is claming. Clearing the concept of the Tamsaling Autonomous State, Dr. Bhattarai said, the territory of the declared federal state is not only of the Tamang people but of all the people of different castes who are living there.

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Philippines: CPP Calls for Advance to Strategic Stalemate in Five Years

Posted by Ka Frank on December 30, 2009

In this statement, the CPP leadership lays out an ambitious plan to increase the number of guerilla fronts from 120 to 180, expand party membership from “tens of thousands” to 200,000, and move from the strategic defensive to the strategic stalemate within five years.

Strive to Make a Great Advance in the People’s War for New Democracy

Communist Party of the Philippines, Central Committee, December 26, 2009

We celebrate today with utmost joy the 41st anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of the Philippines as the revolutionary advanced detachment of the Filipino proletariat under the theoretical guidance of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism.

We are deeply gratified by the long-accumulated as well as recent victories won by the Filipino proletariat and people under the leadership of the Party in the course of the new democratic revolution through protracted people’s war. We salute and congratulate all our cadres and members and we pay the highest respects to our revolutionary martyrs and heroes for making our victories possible.

We have long proven that, by pursuing the strategic line of protracted people’s war, we can build in stages the strength of the revolutionary forces of the people and overcome the brutal campaigns of suppression unleashed by US imperialism and the local exploiting classes of big compradors and landlords. In the process, we have so far built the largest and strongest revolutionary movement of the Filipino people in the entire history of the Philippines since the revolution of 1896. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal Government Seeks to Preserve Reactionary Army Hierarchy

Posted by n3wday on December 30, 2009, December 24, 2009

Nepal promotes army officer with tarnished human rights record

Kathmandu: Ignoring calls by the UN and human rights organisations at home and abroad, Nepal’s communist-led government Thursday decided to promote a senior army officer under whose command soldiers ran a torture camp during the Maoist insurgency and executed dozens of people secretly detained under the suspicion they helped the guerrillas.

With Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and his council of ministers approving the promotion of Major General Toran Jung Bahadur Singh to the post of lieutenant-general, the army officer with the blotted rights record is now eligible to become the next chief of Nepal Army when the present head, Gen Chhatraman Singh Gurung, retires. This month, when Gen Gurung visited India on the invitation of Indian Army chief Gen Deepak Kapoor, Singh was appointed as officiating chief of the Nepal Army.

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India: Professor Beaten for Speaking Out Against Demolition of Musahar Homes

Posted by n3wday on December 30, 2009

Children in a Musahar ghetto

This article was published in the Times of India. Thanks to D for pointing it out.

Bihar cops thrash Jamia professor, brand him ‘Naxal’

Pranava K Chaudhary, TNN 26 December 2009

PATNA: Associate professor at Jamia Millia Islamia, Rahul Ramagundam, was assaulted, abused and branded a Naxalite by Bihar police for daring to ask the cops why the hutments belonging to Musahars — among the most backward of Scheduled Castes — were being demolished. [The Musahars, or rat-eaters,  are one of the Dalit subcastes in Bihar. See article below for more information on them.]

Ramagundam, who teaches at Dr K R Narayanan Centre for Dalit and Minorities Studies at JMI, was thrashed and abused and called a Naxalite by Khagaria police at Amausi village. His local companion was also manhandled and beaten up by lathi-wielding police constables and officers. The incident took place on December 22.  “How could asking just one question lead to such physical violence? How can one be called a Naxalite and assaulted and humiliated like this,” asked Ramagundam.

Amausi had hit headlines on October 1 when 16 villagers, mostly OBCs (Kurmi), were killed allegedly by Musahars. The village has some 300 Musahar families who live in thatched huts. Read the rest of this entry »

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